Baylor senior outside hitter Katie Staiger has been named a unanimous Preseason All-Big 12 selection, selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches and announced Wednesday by the conference office.

The Plano native found herself at the top of the record books last season, notching 698 kills in 2016 to break the program’s single-season kills record. She also finished with the fourth-most kills in the country, pacing the Bears with 6.00 kills per set.

The 2016 Second Team All-American looks to continue climbing the program records list as she is eighth in career kills with 1,343 entering her redshirt senior season.

The Big 12 will release the 2017 preseason poll on Thursday.

Big 12 preseason awards

Preseason Player of the Year: Kelsie Payne, Kansas, Sr., RS, Austin, Texas

Preseason Freshman of the Year: Lexi Sun, Texas, Fr., OH, Solana Beach, Calif.

Preseason team

Name School Pos. Ht. Class Hometown

Katie Staiger Baylor OH 6-1 Sr. Lewisville

Jess Schaben Iowa State OH 6-2 Jr. Defiance, Iowa

Ainise Havili Kansas S 5-10 Sr. Fort Worth

Kelsie Payne Kansas RS 6-3 Sr. Austin

Madison Rigdon Kansas OH 6-0 Sr. Pflugerville

Bryna Vogel Kansas State OPP 6-0 Sr. Clearwater, Kan.

Madison Drescher Oklahoma OH 6-2 Jr. Southlake

Anna Walsh TCU MB 6-2 Jr. Grapevine

Ebony Nwanebu Texas OH 6-4 Sr. Fairview

Chiaka Ogbogu Texas MB 6-2 Sr. Coppell

Micaya White Texas OH 6-1 So. Frisco

Reyn Akiu Texas Tech L/DS 5-2 Jr. Honolulu, Hawaii

Payton Caffrey West Virginia OH 6-0 So. Chuluota, Fla.

Note: Coaches vote for their own players. Ties created a 13-member team.

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